I bring to you the personality of the week. Please, follow the interview questions and answer one after the other below.
1. Can you kindly introduce and tell us about yourself?
My name is Olufunke Mercy Tanimola also known as Mercyflawless. I am a blogger, media strategist, humanitarian, actor, red carpet host and OAP. A recipient of several awards home and abroad. I was nominated as Best Blogger at AEAUSA Awards 2016, in Newark, New Jersey. Nominated in two categories at MAYA Awards 2016/2017 for Digital Media strategist, and Best Female Youth Diaspora Ambassador. I won the latter at MAYA Awards which was held in Lagos, Nigeria early January of 2017. Nominated for Best Entertainment blog for Scream Awards, Lagos, Nigeria in 2017. Honored with Best Media Director at the African Culture Image Awards in Atlanta, Georgia 2016. Awarded with the honor of Custodian of the African Culture at CEFA 2017 in Dallas, Texas. Recognized with an Honorary Award for exceptional contribution and dedicated service to Distinct Radio at their first Anniversary in Dallas Texas in 2013.
2. How was growing up for you like? Care to briefly tell us about your childhood experience, and education?
I was born and raised in Mainland area of Lagos State. I am from Ifon, Ose LGA in Ondo State. I read Mass Communication at Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Mapoly Abeokuta, Ogun State. I was a Theatre Arts student at University Of Benin, Edo State before I left in the middle of my semester for the United States. I have Associates in Science from Dallas County Community College, now called Dallas College situated in Dallas, Texas. I am currently pursuing a Bachelor's in Science with a Major in Health Studies at Walden University in Columbia, Maryland.
3. What job/profession are you engaged in at the moment? What was the motivation behind choosing that occupation?
I am still a blogger and media strategist. I also host a live show on Instagram tagged, Unscripted with Olufunke Mercyflawless. The motivation behind it is my love and passion for media.
4. What are the landmark achievements you’ve made in your chosen career and every aspect of your life?
My greatest achievement is putting smiles on people's faces and making positive impact in people's lives.
5. What do you do for fun/hobby? And how would you describe your personality?
I love dancing. Like William Shakespeare wrote in Twelfth Night, "If Music be the food of Love, play on." I find fulfilment in listening to music. Music is magical. I love traveling for fun; even when I am traveling for work, I still see it as fun because the sight of an airplane at the airport is always a breath of fresh air. I love going to the beach, the peace and tranquility of nature is unexplainable. If I travel to any city, the first thing I search for on Google is, the nearest beach to where I am. As for my personality, I am an ambivert; there is a balance between my introvert and extrovert features. One minute I want to be in the midst of people chatting, dancing and all what not, the next minute I want to own my space with either a book in my hand while music is playing in the background, or a good movie.
6. Can you recall a particular memory that you hold very dear to yourself?
I have a lot of those but a recent one was the day I walked the stage as a graduate of Dallas College.
7. What has been the biggest challenge (s) you’ve ever had to face in your life, either family, finance or your career?
My biggest challenge was spending all my life savings on a professional course in my line of work and not getting a better job offer. It hurts but life continues. Not allowing that to deter me from trying again. If at the first you don't succeed, dust yourself up and try again and again and again.
9. In what ways has the Covid-19 pandemic interrupted your working environment? How are you coping?
Whew! The pandemic is no respecter of person, gender or class. It is so scary. I work from home and I rarely leave my house except for groceries or something very important. As for coping, I will say, I am hoping and praying for the day everything will return to normal. I can't wait to experience life as we used to know it. Walking around in mask is not pleasant but very compulsory. Staying safe is a priority in this unprecedented time.
10. Did the global pandemic and lockdown measures turned to be of opportunity for you? If yes, how?
Not really. I cannot even apply for jobs because I am scared of leaving my house to go to work in the midst of a lot of people.
11. If you were to speak, with the world listening, what would you say？
To the youths, never run anyone else's race. Your race is yours and yours alone. Do not measure your pace with someone else's achievements. There is time and season for everything and everyone, wait for your time. Do not run past destiny. Do not allow what you see on social media make you lose focus of your dreams and aspirations. Keep working, keep pushing; your time of harvest will come, if you believe. Let me borrow a line from an African proverb, 'If you are still alive, you will eat a meat that is better than an elephant's meat.'
Remain positive even in the face of uncertainty. Be nice to everyone you come across in your journey of life. Whatever you do, do not give up on yourself.